Traditions & History

2018.02.16
My stay at Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan
You’ve probably heard about it: Tadaima Japan has opened its own ryokan at the end of last year in the middle of Araki-cho (Shinjuku district, in Toky
2018.01.23
How to Bathe in Japanese Public Bathes and Onsen
‘Do you prefer taking a shower or a bath?’ If you have the opportunity to communicate with Japanese people, this question might pop up during the co
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2017.04.14
Let’s find Onigawara! A part of traditional Japanese architecture at temples in Nara!
When visiting temples in Nara Prefecture, you’ll see ‘Onigawara’ on the roof tops and on the ends of the ridges of a gate. Onigawara is a roof ornamen
2017.04.13
Feel the Samurai soul and learn how to use Samurai sword in Japanese traditional martial art “Iai”!!
Ryusei-kan(龍正館) aims to pass down the Japanese traditional culture and spirit correctly by Iai-do and swordsmanship. This time, I will tell you abou
2017.02.19
Roof tiles that ward off evil called Shōki-san. Tips for finding Shōki-gawara in the Naramachi area!
“Naramachi” is a district that covers one fourth of the south side of the old town of Nara city, and many townhouses from the end of Edo Period to the
2017.01.24
Get healthy and beautiful by eating Japanese umeboshi plums!
The umeboshi are very common pickles in Japan. I'll introduce the effects of umeboshi and how to enjoy them! All photos of umeboshi products in this
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2017.01.10
The search for the secret to making handmade balloons at Marusa Saito Gom Co. Ltd.!
Balloons are well known by everyone, since childhood. Did you play with water balloons with your friends during the summer when you were little? A
2016.12.17
The annual fabric dyeing festival, “Some no Komichi”
Every February an event known as “Some no Komichi” (染の小道) turns the river and streets of Nakai town in Shinjuku ward into a gallery filled with displa
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2016.12.10
Omisoka and O-Shogatsu: The Japanese Year End and New Year’s holidays
Today’s Shogatsu inherits some traditional customs and also adds more modern elements. Let’s see how Japanese people spend their Year End and New Year
2016.11.30
See the parade of Samurai in the town associated with Yoshida Shoin!
Shōin-Jinjamae is a town about a 30-minute train ride from Shibuya. There are about 150 shops that surround the station, and the area mixes old-school
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2016.10.01
You’ll often see a chimaki at the front door of private houses in Kyoto. This is actually considered an amulet.
because of the bamboo leaves. Chimaki is also an amulet displayed at the entrance of houses and looks like a bundle of straw. I’ll introduce the chima
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2016.09.18
This is the traditional Japanese technique for making rice-cakes!
Nakatanido is a Japanese confectionery shop located at the entrance of the Mochiidono shopping arcade and faces Sanjo street near the Sarusawa Pond in
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2016.09.09
Senbei, a low calorie snack cracker made from rice!
Senbei was introduced to Japan from China during the Asuka period (592-710). At the time, senbei was made by kneading wheat flour with water and roa
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2016.08.17
Discover Mugicha, a typical summer drink in Japan
Cold mugicha (barley tea) is a popular summer drink after taking a bath or after exercising. How is it different from green tea and what are its effe
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2016.08.09
A quick guide to the Japanese Miso Soup
Miso soup with rice has been loved by the Japanese since ancient times. I will show when the Japanese started eating it, and will also introduce orig